Grain-Free Recipe: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been looking for a great grain-free cookie recipe for a little bit now, mostly because I think my sweet husband (who has a sweet tooth to rival famous sweet teeth the world over) would like some cookies now and then. And, you know, so would I. Well the other day I found SUCCESS with these:

gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

But before that, I had a bit of an ERROR with these. I will keep the original recipe source quiet because, well…  it sucked. These cookies were all flat and thin and didn’t hold together very well (definitely impossible to dip in milk). Normally I “edit” a recipe as I make it, according to my instincts… I should’ve done that with these. Instead, I trusted that the recipe would work out, and I followed it EXACTLY as written. *sigh* … so I knew I’d have to try again soon, with the changes I thought needed to be made.

almond flour cookies

Let’s just say I’ll be trusting my instincts a little more… these cookies were awesome. Plump, chewy, definitely milk-dippable, and yummy. I added cocoa to the dough too, to make chocolate chocolate-chunk cookies, but I’m sure they’d be great as regular chocolate chip/chunk cookies too.

grain free cookies

Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Blend together:

  • 5 Tbsp softened butter
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

In a separate bowl, mix together:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • dash of cinnamon

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and combine, then fold in some chopped dark chocolate (I chopped up about 3 squares, but didn’t measure) or chocolate chips of your choice.

Drop by spoonsful on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, and bake about 12 minutes or until they’re not too wet-looking. They’ll “set” as they cool, so don’t worry if they’re a little squishy when you take them out.

Cool, then eat them.

grain free cookie recipe

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  1. megan
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:13:54

    I’m not sure why but my test cookies were very thin. I added 2T of coconut flour to the rest of the batter and they plumped up nicely. Added mint m&ms and I suspect they will not last long on the cooling rack!


  2. Kelly
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 21:50:33

    I love your recipes!.


  3. Eden
    Mar 14, 2013 @ 22:15:27

    Love this recipe and use it all the time. Thanks so much!


  4. deana marconi
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 20:32:42

    Thought these cookies were amazing! I did thou think they needed to be a little more richer so I added:

    One more tablespoon of coco, 1/4 cup of coconut flour, extra chocolate bar, and another tablespoon of honey.

    I also made a second batch with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and just took off 2 tablespoons of butter.

    YUM, YUM!!!


  5. Amanda
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:47:38

    WOW! These cookies were AMAZING! I only had 3 tbsp of butter left so I used 2 tbsp of coconut oil too. It was still super buttery! I’ve tried making a few different types of paleo cookies and they were awful. I guess this isn’t technically paleo because of the butter, but we still eat butter in our house, so these were great! I didn’t use the cocoa powder, but I’ll try it next time as a variation. Thanks so much for posting this!


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  7. Emily
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 17:48:34

    These cookies are amazing, I will never be wanting a cookie with flour and sugar again, thank you for the recipe!


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  9. Ashley L
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 09:35:37

    I’ve heard that Bobs Red Mill GF almond flour is bad in recipes? Could I use it in this? It’s the only almond flour I can find (in person).


  10. Addie
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 19:02:56

    These are awesome! We are new to primal dining and Friday has always been cookie day for my hubs. I found this recipe (and other wonderful Joyful Abode recipes!) but alas, I had no almonds or any other nuts or nut meal. Hmmm…would sunflower seeds work? Yes! And I added some raisins since oatmeal raisin cookies were Honey’s old favorites. He loved these!


  11. sarah
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 14:22:06

    I made these cookies for my boyfriend who is on a no-grain diet and I liked them but they are a little to “healthy” for his liking so I tried making chocolate chip cookies with almond flour instead of regular flour and except for being a little thin the cookies tasted great! Just a tip for those wanting a more traditional chocolate chip cookie.


  12. speeds
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 10:49:11

    quick question, these look great.
    Would softened butter be – melted better and cooled? or just room temperature butter but not melted?
    I am a novice, hence need to know.


  13. Bonny
    May 09, 2011 @ 11:04:34

    I make these for my kids all the time. Thanks for a great recipe that we all love!


  14. Bonny
    Apr 17, 2011 @ 08:55:12

    I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful recipe! My family has been doing a combination of GAPS and WAPF diet for several months and we all love these. I used to make chocolate chip cookies all the time with white sugar, white flour, etc., and these are just as delicious to me and so much healthier. Thanks again!


  15. Isabel
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 09:32:04

    I tried it without egg, it was a disaster. It didn’t hold together. I used an egg replacer. Will be making it with eggs again next time.


  16. Isabel
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 14:26:18

    They’re in the oven as we speak but my daughter can’t do almonds so I used cashew flour instead and I changed quite a few things as well.


  17. OneHotMama
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 19:44:42

    I made these like night, minus the chocolate chips and with coconut butter in place of the butter. They were so good I couldn't stop eating them!


  18. mandy
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 05:41:05

    Yum! These looks delish! Are the non chocolatey cookies the ones that you said sucked? Because those look amazing too and I'd love a recipe for them.

    Also, I can't have honey or agave. Can I use Stevia or Xylo in place of it? How much?


  19. JoyfulAbode
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 23:44:53

    I think what you need to do is just make these cookies instead:
    They use peanut butter and eggs as the “base” – no almond flour, no almonds.
    They also use Truvia as the sweetener – no honey. Hope you like them!



  20. Megan
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 21:02:33

    These look GREAT! My sweet tooth is going crazy from the pictures! My only problem is the almond flour. Along with having to eat gluten free and grain free, I am also allergic to almonds and I am actually supposed to be avoiding honey for 6 months. What would you suggest the best substitute for the almond flour would be? And for the honey, agave nectar should work just fine, right? Thanks!


  21. Isfahelww
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 17:05:06

    Oh my, I can't believe how good these are!!! My husband is all like “gluten free and grain free sucks”, I made him taste the dough and he couldn't stop eating it. I figured that after cooking them they wouldn't be as good because nothing usually is, but oh man, their too die for cooked too. I'm in love :)


  22. Gina Shields
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 00:29:34

    I have had good results with grinding almonds in a good coffee mill. If I add too many almonds at once the chunks dont go away but 1/2 full makes consistant “flour like” meal.


  23. Becky B
    Jul 18, 2010 @ 22:07:39

    I just made these and they are delicious! I can't wait to have them with some milk!


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  25. Dosenberry
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 15:36:20

    Nope. I don't have butter…. I will once I buy kerrygold butter. Thanks for reminding me about them! I will be giving them some love this saturday!


  26. JoyfulAbode
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 05:46:01

    They are VERY simple and quick to make!


  27. JoyfulAbode
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 05:45:48

    You're welcome! That sounds like a really interesting addition. I bet it makes people go, “hmm what's that interesting flavor?” and keep on eating! hehe.


  28. Jen
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 23:27:48

    Wow…these sound delicious and ridiculously simple (at least compared to the layer cakes I tend to make). Thanks for sharing!


  29. JoyfulAbode
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 22:45:21

    Mmm I just made them again. So good!


  30. JoyfulAbode
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 22:45:13

    Hope you enjoyed them!


  31. JoyfulAbode
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 22:44:59

    Did you make them yet, Todd? They are yum!


  32. JoyfulAbode
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 22:44:42

    I bought almond flour. You can make your own though – but I think to get it consistent you have to grind, sift, grind, sift, etc… too much work for me!


  33. brooki
    Jun 27, 2010 @ 03:28:07

    I have these in the oven right now, I hope they work. If they don't the dough in awesome so I will just eat that. :)


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  35. Sydney
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 02:27:17

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I put in a tablespoon of matcha powder because I just couldn't resist. They're awesome! =D


  36. Whitney
    May 22, 2010 @ 04:28:36

    I am definitely giving these a go. They look mighty tasty!


  37. Whitney
    May 11, 2010 @ 01:12:55

    Yum Yum! I was going to make my own recipe but now I've got yours! Nothing beats chocolate chip cookies :-) These look de-lightful!


  38. Dosenberry
    May 10, 2010 @ 21:00:36

    Sounds wonderful! I have enjoyed one chocolate chip cookie since I went primal about 6 weeks ago… it was with the bad flour – but it was at my dear grandmothers house. I will have to make these for her so she knows what primal cookies are all about! Lol.


  39. Hannah_at_boundtoearth
    May 10, 2010 @ 12:23:28

    Ooh fantastic! Did you actually buy almond flour or did you just process some almonds to make almond meal? I can't remember if you mentioned it before or not. These look really good though, my hubby will appreciate them too :)


  40. PantryBites
    May 10, 2010 @ 05:48:01

    I like it that there is only 3 tbs of honey in the entire recipe. I would imagine using a good quality cocoa powder will really bring out the chocolate flavor.


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